Browsing: Mental Health

When I was in graduate school to get a Master’s degree in nursing, we had a class on therapeutic touch. The students paired up and gently hovered our hands over the assigned partner from head to toe, not actually touching them, just feeling the heat and energy they emitted in different parts of their body. I was amazed to find that I could tell where they were feeling some symptoms.  

Generally speaking, menopause creeps up on us around 50 years of age. However, for some it can begin in their 40ʼs. With that, the changes begin. Menopause is a natural occurring biological process that wreaks havoc on our physical and mental health.

Why is it that we often avoid difficult conversations? Is it because it makes us uncomfortable? Or are we afraid of the other person’s , or even our own , reaction? Knowing how to have that conversation is key to effective communication.

Have you ever wondered how much your genes that you inherited from your parents affect you and your health—and even your mental health? If one of them had a disease, does that mean that you’ll probably get it too?

Philadelphia, PA- Lying on the couch in the living room watching your favorite show, scrolling your screen on Instagram while having fun with reels or TikTok’s, is perhaps not a good idea if you have left important tasks behind, completely ignoring a long list of priorities, Although you are not doing it intentionally, you should know that the negative effects could be irreversible, it is very likely that at the end of the day you will ask yourself why I could not finish? Was I productive enough today?

Lebanon, PA- Welcome to this new column on Integrative Health Care. You may also have heard of it by other names, such as Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CAM) or Holistic Health. This has been my passion for many years, even though I worked in the nursing field in traditional medicine all my life. Let me start by explaining what Complementary and Alternative Medicine is. Complementary Health Techniques (not the alternative ones) are used along with your traditional medical care, which is often medication, surgery, or physical therapy.

One of the ways I’ve coped with the COVID-19 pandemic is by looking for the few-and-far-between “silver linings” that have resulted from the event. One such potential silver lining is a lessening of the stigma associated with mental health challenges. Stigma has long plagued seeking, getting access to, and receiving services to help with mental health challenges – everything from seeking short-term counseling for temporarily increased levels of stress and distress to psychiatric treatment for mental health disorders like mood disorders (including depression), anxiety disorders, and addiction.

Harrisburg, PA- From a young age we are instilled that we must take time for what is study, work, and other tasks that represent a task in our daily lives, but have you ever wondered if the excessive work, what you are doing can have any side effects in the past?

It has been said, “first me, then and then me”, but how do we consider this phrase? do we really pay attention to our self? Or do we simply use these words to increase our ego and show people that I am as they want me to be and that if I help myself in things, I am wrong?